Panel 1

6G – From Visions to System Requirements

Wednesday, 9 June, 14:00-15:30 CEST


  • Matti Latva-aho, Director for 6G Flagship, Univ. of Oulu, FI


Motivation and Background

Mobile wireless research community is shifting the focus towards 2030 era, i.e., 6G technologies. Evolutionary ideas from 5G as well as radically new ones are being studied in various international initiatives. Most recently also industry has shown increasing interest to start envisioning what 6G could entail from societal, technology and business perspectives. At this early stage it is a bit difficult to have a debate on these aspects, but rather hear out visions, goals and priorities related to 6G.



  • What are currently the views on major drivers necessitating establishing 6G technology from societal, technology and business perspectives?
  • What are foreseen major regulative hurdles on the way?
  • Looking back, is the expected standards process going to be similar to earlier ones?
  • Is there anything particular to be done in global research arena to ease the situation in currently polarized world related to 5G?



The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Matti Latva-aho (Moderator) (Prof., Director for 6G Flagship, Univ. of Oulu, FI)
  • Mikko Uusitalo (Co-ordinator for Hexa-Project, Nokia Bell-Labs, FI)
  • Peiying Zhu (Senior Vice-President of Wireless Research, Huawei, CA)
  • Alan Carlton (Senior Director for Innovation Labs, InterDigital, UK)
  • Akihiro Nakao (Prof., Beyond 5G Programme, Univ. of Tokyo, JP)
  • Jan Söderström (Vice President and Head of Technology Office Silicon Valley, Ericsson, US)

Matti Latva-aho

Matti Latva-aho received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland after which he joined Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of CWC during the years 1998-2006 and Head of Department for Communication Engineering until August 2014. Currently he serves as Academy of Finland Professor in 2017 – 2022 and is Director for National 6G Flagship Programme for 2018 – 2026. His research interests are related to mobile broadband communication systems and currently his group focuses on beyond 5G systems research. Prof. Latva-aho has published close to 500 conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He received Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research.

Mikko Uusitalo

Mikko Uusitalo is Head of Research Department Wireless Advanced Technologies at Nokia Bell Labs Finland. Mikko is leading the European 6G Flagship Hexa-X. He obtained a M.Sc. (Eng.) and Dr.Tech. in 1993 and 1997 and a B.Sc. (Economics) in 2003, all from predecessors of Aalto University. Mikko has been at Nokia since 2000 with various roles, including Principal Researcher and Head of International Cooperation at Nokia Research.

Peiying Zhu

Dr. Peiying Zhu, Senior Vice President of Wireless Research, is a Huawei Fellow and IEEE Fellow. She is currently leading 5G and beyond wireless research in Huawei. The focus of her research is advanced wireless access technologies with more than 200 granted patents. She has been regularly giving talks and panel discussions on 5G vision, enabling technologies and standards. She served as the guest editor for IEEE Signal processing magazine special issue on the 5G revolution and IEEE JSAC on Deployment Issues and Performance Challenges for 5G. She co-chaired various 5G workshops in IEEE GLOBECOM. She is actively involved in 3GPP and IEEE 802 standards development. She is currently a WiFi Alliance Board member. Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Peiying was a Nortel Fellow and Director of Advanced Wireless Access Technology in the Nortel Wireless Technology Lab. She led the team and pioneered research and prototyping on MIMO-OFDM and Multi-hop relay. Many of these technologies developed by the team have been adopted into LTE standards and 4G products.

Alan Carlton

Alan Carlton is Vice President, InterDigital Wireless Labs Organization in Europe. Alan is responsible for R&D activities in the areas of 5G and IoT. Alan has led his organization to over twenty major collaborative project and testbed wins in these areas. He founded and led the UK oneTRANSPORT initiative, one of the largest Smart City projects in the UK to full commercial launch. In 5G, Alan’s research & standardization interests include radio access network, next generation internet and advanced applications of NFV/SDN and Edge technologies. Alan has over 25 years wireless industry experience spanning every generation of wireless. Prior to InterDigital, he held senior positions at Nortel, Siemens and several wireless startups both in Europe and United States. Alan is an EEE graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and also holds a MSc. in Communications & Signal Processing from Imperial College, London. Alan holds many patents covering a diverse range of wireless technology areas. He is a regular invited speaker at major wireless industry events including Mobile World Congress in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and a frequent blogger on wireless futures on various platforms including Computerworld.

Akihiro Nakao

Akihiro Nakao received the B.S. (1991) in Physics, M.E. (1994) in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He was at IBM Yamato Laboratory, Tokyo Research Laboratory, and IBM Texas Austin from 1994 till 2005. He received M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) in Computer Science from Princeton University. He has been teaching as an associate professor (2005-2014) and as a professor (2014-present) in Applied Computer Science, at Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo. From 2019 to present, he has served as Vice Dean of the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (2019-present). He was appointed as an adviser to the President of the University of Tokyo in 2019 and as a special adviser to the President of the University of Tokyo in 2020.

Jan Söderström

Jan Söderström is Vice President and Head of Technology Office Silicon Valley at Ericsson reporting to Ericsson Group CTO. In this capacity he drives the technology leadership work in 5G, Cloud and IOT including co-creation with ecosystem partners. He has built up the Ericsson D-fifteen Lab network platform for use case innovation and testing. Jan is also engaged in the quest for American leadership in 5G and 6G – he serves as the Vice chair of the NextG Alliance and as a board member of ATIS. From 2013 to 2017 Jan was driving the NFV and cloud transformation program at Ericsson. Prior to this Jan had a decade long engagement at Ericsson Research heading the research in IP and Cloud, including three years in San Jose building up the Ericsson lab there. Jan has a PhD in Applied Physics from Chalmers University of Technology and spent his early career working with optoelectronic devices and optical networking.